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The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)
"Moartea domnului Lazarescu" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama  |  22 September 2005 (Romania)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ion Fiscuteanu ...
Mr. Lazarescu (as Ioan Fiscuteanu)
Mioara Avram
Doru Ana ...
Sandu Sterian
Ambulantier (as Doru Boguta)
Dana Dogaru ...
Mihaela Sterian
Robert Bumbes ...
Bogdan Dumitrache ...
Medic, Spitalui Sf. Spiridon
Dan Chiriac ...
Medic triaj Spitalui Universitar
Laura Cret ...
Medic ecograf, Spitalui Sf. Spiridon
Mihai Bratila ...
Dr. Breslasu
Alexandru Fifea ...
Brancardier, Spitalui Sf. Spiridon
Mimi Branescu ...
Dr. Mirica
Dr. Laura Serban


Mr. Lazarescu, a 63 year old lonely man feels sick and calls the ambulance. When it arrives, the paramedic decides he should take him to the hospital but once there they decide to send him to another hospital and then yet another... As the night unfolds and they can't find a hospital for Mr. Lazarescu, his health starts to deteriorate fast. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »




Release Date:

22 September 2005 (Romania)  »

Also Known As:

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu  »

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Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,880 (USA) (28 April 2006)


$79,943 (USA) (22 September 2006)

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1.85 : 1
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The film was shot in 39 nights in real hospitals. It was edited in 38 days. See more »


Featured in 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006) See more »


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Kafka and Mr. Lazarescu
29 September 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Winner of the Un Certain Regard in Cannes, is like a version of "E.R" truly realistic, with the good, bad, indifferent, attentive, humble, arrogant, and, above all, human doctors. The title-character is far from being a hero, but that makes it easier to sympathize with him, which is essential here: we really feel like we were Lazarescus, going from hospital to hospital waiting for the help, never being treated properly, and the situation getting worse and worse as times goes by. Puiu's creates a documentary-like atmosphere to an almost Kafka-like situation, and fills the movie with dark humor and moments which can be shocking, but are never there just for that purpose. The entire cast delivers solid performances, specially Fiscuteanu as the remarkable Lazarescu Dante Remus and Luminita Gheorghiu as the paramedic. Reminded me of Hitchcock's "The Wrong Man" (one of his best and certainly the most overlooked), another documentary-like film about a man in a absurd, but also realistic, situation in a system that doesn't care about him. One of the best pictures of 2005.

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